Definition of palmitic acid in English:

palmitic acid


  • A solid saturated fatty acid obtained from palm oil and other vegetable and animal fats.

    • ‘One possibility, mentioned above, is that the palmitic acid is preferentially localized in the outer monolayer of each bilayer in the profile.’
    • ‘A common example is beeswax that is composed primarily of myricyl palmitate, formed by the reaction of palmitic acid with an alcohol.’
    • ‘Levels of the potentially harmful saturated fat palmitic acid were also 26 percent lower than in the milk of conventionally fed cows.’
    • ‘When this esterifies with only a vegetable fat-based palmitic acid, it is considered a halal vitamin A for milk fortification.’
    • ‘Examples of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids are palmitic acid and linoleic acid, with 16 carbons and no double bonds, and 18 carbons with three double bonds, respectively.’


Mid 19th century: palmitic from French palmitique, from palme (see palm).


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